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The Mall of Concrete is Open for Business!

The Mall of Concrete is Open for Business!If you were impressed with last year’s Decorative Concrete LIVE! debut, have we got more in store for you! World of Concrete attendees will look at vertical applications of decorative concrete in a whole new way after this year’s take on retail spaces inside and out.

Editors
Jan 22, 2018
2017 Concrete Decor Show

2017 Concrete Decor ShowHeld at the sprawling Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club just north of Tampa in Palm Harbor, Florida, it drew participants from around the world to partake in workshops held on the resort premises, a full roster of educational seminars and panels, and a two-day exposition that featured power trowel polishing and artisans demonstrating decorative vertical applications.

Editors
Jan 22, 2018
Terrazzo Artistry Delivers Glitz to McCarran Terminal

Not Just Another Skate in the ParkLas Vegas’ McCarran Airport put its money down in a bet on a vibrant, colorful and imaginative new look for the airport’s Terminal 1 ticketing and baggage claim area.

Joe Maty
Jan 22, 2018
Stamping Concrete in Cold Weather

Men on a concrete construction job site, snow flying through the air, contemplating their decorative concrete stamping job ahead.This stamping won't warm your feet, but it will fill your bank account in the winter months. Here are some tips to get your cold weather concrete stamping jobs going.

Chris Camara
Dec 10, 2007
Concrete Countertop Casting: Which Method is Best for the Job?

Casting concrete countertopsConcrete is a fantastic material with which to work and design. It is one of the few building materials we can create and control to suit our wants and needs. Mix design, reinforcing technique and casting method are interrelated and influence everything from performance, cost and ease of fabrication to aesthetics and transportability.

Jeffrey Girard
Jan 1, 2015
Can Concrete Fly? The Concrete Frisbee Put to the Test

Concrete frisbee was put to the test at the ASCE ConferenceAt a recent symposium sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers, students from 17 universities took part in a contest to see which team could come up with the best flying disc — made of concrete.

Editors
Jun 3, 2004
ExStik™ pH Tester for Concrete

Extech's Rugged & Waterproof pH Meter Tackles Water Quality TestingWhether you’re evaluating a prospective client’s existing concrete for estimating purposes or you’re in the process of neutralizing a surface in preparation for resurfacing, Extech’s pH tester ExStik pH100 (aka the ExStik) is a fabulous tool for identifying problem areas.

Editors
Aug 3, 2004
Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame Grows by Three

Concrete Decor Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame

Editors
Decorative Concrete in the Greater Indianapolis Area: Benesse Healing Garden, Benesse Oncology Center

Benesse Healing GardenBenesse Healing Garden at the Benesse Oncology Center, part of the Major Hospital system in Shelbyville, is an integral part of Benesse’s mind-body-soul treatment philosophy. The almost one-acre park has four water features, meandering walkways, lush plantings and several seating areas that allow for social interaction or privacy. 

Editors
Getting the Gunk Off: A Guide to Removing Built-Up Residue from Concrete

Removing Built-Up Residue from ConcreteSurface preparation is the crucial beginning stage of any concrete polishing process. It is especially important in old office buildings, warehouses or department stores where tile or carpeting once covered the flooring, leaving behind residue that must be removed before applying an overlay or polishing. Photo courtesy of Stoops Freightliner

Heidi Hudnall and Wendy Runyon-Ricker
Custom Concrete Furniture Molds from Buddy Rhodes

The furniture line complements the company's existing product line, which includes everything from sink molds to concrete countertop mix, which is also the right choice for the furniture molds.Stained concrete floors, decorative concrete countertops... the list of popular concrete applications continues to grow. And now, decorative concrete contractors can add another new service to their businesses: decorative concrete furniture.

Wendy Ardolino
Nov 1, 2006
Flattooing: The Art of "Tattooing" Images to a Concrete Surface

Flattoo design available from Surface Gel TekSurface Gel Tek (SGT) has introduced a new process called Flattooing, the art of tattooing images into flat concrete surfaces. The Flattoo process uses Flattoos — vinyl adhesive designs — and Tek Gel for Stenciling Micro Etch.

Editors
Oct 3, 2003
Scoring and Staining Concrete for Geometric Designs

How staining concrete can look like geometric tile.When I’m planning a project with a geometric tile pattern using concrete stain, I always think of the arcade game Q*bert. Many of you probably already know how much of a geek I am but let me remind you of my age. Yes, I grew up playing Q*bert, the original version. The idea that you can take three connected “squares,” change the color for all three and make them appear to be two walls and a floor is pretty cool to me.

Rick Lobdell
A Look at Chris Becker of Becker Architectural Concrete

Concrete contractors screeding a cast concrete table that is shaped like a surfboard.Along with his focus on quality work, Chris Becker makes education a priority — for homeowners, builders, architects and landscape designers.

Amy B. Johnson
Apr 28, 2005
Fu-Tung Cheng Plays with Walls

This house, built in San Mateo County, Calif., by Cheng Design, has the fingerprints of acclaimed precast-piece designer Fu-Tung Cheng all over it.This house, built in San Mateo County, Calif., by Cheng Design, has the fingerprints of acclaimed precast-piece designer Fu-Tung Cheng all over it.

Cheng Design
Feb 11, 2011
How to use Self-Consolidating Concrete for Concrete Countertops

How to measure self-consolidating concrete with a slump test and what it means. Self-consolidating concrete is great to use for concrete countertops.Self-consolidating concrete (SCC), also known as self-compacting concrete, is an amazing and special type of concrete that is highly flowable and resists segregation. It is the perfect product to use for creating concrete countertops.

Jeff Girard
Feb 19, 2012
Carved Concrete Animal Kingdom

Eagle sculpture formed from concreteWith initial experience as a concrete contractor, ironworker and plasterer, an artistic streak found ready expression using skills that were learned in the trades.

Editors
Nov 16, 2006
How Did the Extreme Winter Affect Exterior Decorative Concrete?

Affects of extreme winter weather on decorative concreteLarge parts of the United States recently experienced a brutal winter of cold temperatures and record snow and ice accumulations.

Chris Sullivan
An artisan tells how he made Rocketown's skateboard steps

fter an afternoon spent walking around the Rocketown campus, we saw a great opportunity to not only enhance the area but also showcase the unlimited possibilities of concrete.

Jason Geiser
Apr 9, 2011
Corvette Diner, San Diego, Calif.

The floors at this theme restaurant are alive with eye-popping pinks, blacks and sparkles. But the story about how they were sealed is just as much of a conversation-starter.

Natasha Chilingerian
Nov 10, 2010
Polishing Dry-Shake Color Hardener: Yes or No?

Some say avoid this combination altogether. But others say it can be done well — as long as contractors are aware of potential pitfalls.

Christina Camara
Sep 17, 2008
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